Police stop 12-year-old boy from driving across Australia

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A 12-year-old boy left Kendall, on the NSW Mid-North Coast, and travelled one third of the way across the country in a auto before being stopped by police in Broken Hill.

He'd driven across nearly the entire state of New South Wales and was en route to Perth, according to a NSW Police spokesperson.

The boy was attempting to drive solo from Kendall, New South Wales, to Perth, Western Australia, police said.

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Police said he was driving to the west coast city of Perth, more than 4,100 kilometres (2,500 miles) from Kendall.

He was stopped by a highway patrol on the Barrier Highway at Broken Hill, one of Australia's main outback mining centers.

He was en route to Perth, a police spokesman said in a statement on yesterday.

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Police pulled the boy over in Broken Hill on Saturday morning, some 1300km into his journey, after they noticed his bumper bar dragging along the ground.

Police are conducting further inquiries and no further details were available, a spokeswoman told AFP. You're navigating your way through some of our hottest, most barren deserts and need to carry heaps of petrol, food and water because if you get stuck out there, you're a hell of a long way from any help.

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